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Deal: Asus S500CA Vivobook touchscreen laptop, available from £450

Online retailer Currys is selling the Asus S500CA-CJ017H Vivobook for a mere £449.97, that's down from £700. It is likely that the discount comes as a new range of laptops will be unveiled soon following the launch of Intel's fourth generation Core architecture a few weeks ago.

The Vivobook remains a capable device despite the relative obsolescence of its processor. It is powered by an Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz, with a TurboSpeed of up to 2.6GHz, two cores and 3MB cache.

There's also an Intel HD 4000 graphics, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display (which is touch capable), Windows 8, a 500GB hard disk drive (spinning at 5400RPM), 4GB of RAM, a card reader, three USB ports, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi compatibility, VGA/HDMI ports, a webcam, SonicMaster audio technology, a 2-cell 44Whr battery that can power the device for up to five hours and a rather eye pleasing design.

Note that there's no optical drive, which explains why the device is so thin (21mm) and light (2.1Kg). So much so that it only fails to qualify as an Ultrabook because of its lack of a solid state drive.

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